Here are two recently published picture book from Little Tiger:
Tracey Corderoy and Tony Neal
Dog runs a laundry in a busy city but has a longing to see the ocean.
One day he comes upon Ocean Magic, a new kind of washing powder. The product promises ‘seaside freshness with every wash’ but apparently there’s something else within the box too.
Into the machine goes the powder and out later, along with the clean washing, emerges a crab suffering from a bad attack of nausea.
Dog and Crab discuss the situation over a cuppa
and eventually after declaring several times that driving Crab all the way back home is impossible, Dog lets himself be persuaded to undertake the trip.
Off they go together on a journey that takes several weeks during which they create a special memories map of their trip.
En route they encounter other travellers with seemingly impossible challenges of their own.
Now it’s Dog’s turn to utter the ‘nothing is impossible unless you say so’ maxim and with the assistance of their new friends, Dog and Crab finally reach their destination.
Both are delighted with the ocean paradise but then Dog declares he must return to his city job – or must he?
Follow your dreams and don’t allow obstacles to stand in your way, is the message Tracey’s tale imparts to youngsters. Equally the ‘it’s only impossible if you say so’ message is one we all need to remember especially in challenging times.
Tony Neal’s bright, lively, illustrations inject additional humour into the telling offering fun details to enjoy on every spread.
Barry Timms and Sean Julian
In Walnut Wood live best friends, Scribble (squirrel) and Swoop (owl) and each morning they walk a considerable distance bringing their special things to their regular meeting spot.
Scribble has a special pencil that acts as word assistant in his play script writing, the finished dramas entertaining his friend. Swoop’s special thing is a toolbox that enables her to build anything and everything.
One day they decide to move in together; their place has ‘room for two and a little left over’.
It’s the left over bit – the veranda – that causes a rift, for each has designs on it.
A huge row ensues over the ownership of this: should it be a stage or a workshop?
Scribble decides to try and make amends with the aid of his trusty pencil but can a single word apology fix things or is something else needed?
There’s food for thought and discussion with little ones in this story that demonstrates that sometimes actions speak louder than words. Sean Julian’s beautifully expressive watercolour illustrations are for me the true show-stealers in this book.